In a groundbreaking operation, troops from Operation SAFE HAVEN (OPSH) have successfully uncovered and dismantled an illegal weapon manufacturing factory in Vom, Jos South Local Government Area of Plateau State. This significant achievement, based on actionable intelligence, represents a major step forward in OPSH’s ongoing efforts to combat illicit arms proliferation and ensure the safety and security of the state and its surroundings.
The meticulously executed intelligence-led operation led to the discovery of a cache of automatic weapons and related equipment, which were being produced and distributed to other states, exacerbating the crisis on the Plateau and in Southern Kaduna. Among the items recovered were 6 AK-47 rifles, 4 sub-machine guns, 11 AK rifle bodies, a pistol, and 7 AK-47 bridge blocks. Additionally, 4 AK-47 rifle magazines, 210 recoil springs for AK-47 rifles, 7 rifle butts, 8 rifle muzzles, 9 piston assemblies, and 5 cartridge housings were seized. The operation also confiscated a drilling machine set and a hand-filling machine. Two individuals directly involved in the illegal weapon proliferation and marketing process, Micheal Dung (33 years) and Yusuf Pam (43 years), were apprehended.
The leadership of OPSH, in close coordination with law enforcement agencies, is committed to ensuring that those responsible for criminal activities and their collaborators face the full weight of the law. These arrests send a clear message that illegal arms production and trafficking will not be tolerated, and those involved will be held accountable.
This successful operation underscores OPSH’s unwavering commitment to eliminate illegal arms and dismantle criminal networks involved in illegal weapon manufacturing and distribution. The recovery of a significant number of firearms and related equipment will undoubtedly disrupt criminal activities and contribute to the overall security and stability of Plateau State and the entire nation, aligning with the mandate given to troops during the launch of Operations HAKORIN DAMISA IV by the Chief of Army Staff, Lt. Gen. TA Lagbaja.
The GOC and Commander of OPSH, Major General AE Abubakar, commends the troops’ resilience and expresses gratitude to the community for their continued support and cooperation in providing valuable information that aids the fight against criminal activities. The collaboration between the military and the public is crucial in ensuring the success of operations aimed at maintaining peace and security in Plateau State and Nigeria as a whole.
OPSH remains steadfast in its commitment to protect the lives and property of law-abiding citizens. Efforts will continue to intensify in identifying and neutralizing illegal weapons manufacturing facilities and dismantling criminal networks involved in arms proliferation. The public is urged to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities or individuals to the appropriate authorities. Together, we can create a safer and more secure Nigeria for all.